Last week John Considine forwarded me an article that reported on claims that the Brazilian national team had been picked by sponsors and commercial partners since 2006. The theme of the article was that only 'marketable' players were selected for Brazil.
Recently, I looked at the increase in Brazilians and Argentinians playing in three European leagues - I'm interested in labour mobility for footballers over the last two decades. If these reports are true maybe it is in the interest of Brazilian players to play in the big European Leagues to increase their chances of national selection (and of course increase their remuneration too)?
Below is the data for the rise in Brazilians since 1992 for the EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A.
Serie A currently has the most Brazilians for the season just gone out of the four leagues (37). Interestingly, Serie A had its highest amount of Brazilians (51) last season - the year of the World Cup. There has been a general increase in Brazilian imports since the 90s for all leagues, especially after the Bosman ruling, but since the mid 00s the Bundesliga and La Liga have witnessed a decline in the numbers arriving. The Brazilian influx to the EPL took off in the mid 00’ and has stabilised over the last 5 seasons at 13-14 players per season.